The Regina Police Service is advising the public of the discharge of a CEW, commonly known as a taser, on Thursday, December 1, 2016, in the attempted arrest of a Regina male, who was actively assaulting a female. This advisory is in keeping with the Regina Police Service’s commitment to notify the public each time a CEW is discharged against a person.
At approximately 7:57 p.m. on Friday December 1, 2016, police were dispatched to the 1200 block of Athol Street for a report of a female being assaulted by a male. Officers attended and observed a male assaulting a female at the location. After a brief foot chase Officers attempted to take the man into custody, however he was non-compliant and challenged officers. The male’s words and actions indicated he intended to harm someone and a physical struggle ensued with him and the officers. A CEW was discharged, by an officer; however the suspect fled from the scene and was not located by police.
The use of the CEW has been documented as per policy and will be reviewed by a Use of Force Committee – a committee within the Service. All uses of force are also reported to the Saskatchewan Police Commission – an oversight body independent of the Regina Police Service.
The Regina Police Service is continuing to attempt to identify and locate the male involved in the altercation and follow up with the assault investigation.
Anyone with information in regards to this event is asked to contact the Regina Police Service at 306-777-6500, or your local law agency, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.